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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What justification does Allison give for her suspicion that the Authority will find Paul's home soon?
2. What device does Wili find hidden among his possessions after he leaves Kaladze's camp?
3. Why do the gangs around the embobbled tenement building help Wili?
4. Who drags Paul from his damaged vehicle?
5. Where is the Authority enclave located?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Paul recognizes quickly that Wili has a deep love of knowledge, a trait that connects them, and which allows Wili's capabilities to grow rapidly under Paul's tutelage. This passion is a critical element of the story and plays an important role in the denouement.
1) Explain how Paul recognizes Wili's love for knowledge, and why this trait interests him.
2) Discuss the impact of this trait on Wili's development and studies; explain how it positions him to take over for Paul later in the novel.
3) Describe some of the other characters and groups who share this trait, and discuss how they are presented in the novel. Is a love of knowledge presented as a universal good, a mixed good, or in a neutral light?
4) Explain the importance some characters predict, near the end of the novel, that the love of knowledge will have.
Essay Topic 2
The events that led to the unusual state of raffias are only discussed tangentially and only become clear in the final chapters of the story. The rise of the Authority rapidly and dramatically altered the political landscape of the world.
1) Explain how the bobbles were discovered and first created. What involvement did Paul and the progenitors of the Authority have in these discoveries?
2) Describe how the Authority came to power and how it was able to subdue major military powers such as the United States?
3) Using evidence from the book, speculate as to how the setting could have evolved differently had some minor factors been altered slightly.
Essay Topic 3
Jill is a computer program created by Paul for both practical and sentimental reasons. At the height of the final battle between the Tinkers and the Authority, she allows Wili to escape while sentencing herself to almost certain capture and destruction.
1) Discuss the reasons Paul had for creating Jill. Describe her sentimental importance to Paul, and the functional role she fulfills.
2) Explain some of the behaviors Jill exhibits which suggest she has become more than a simple program. Additionally, discuss the reactions other characters have to these behaviors.
3) After Jill sends Wili away to complete the embobbling program herself, the other characters discuss whether or not she was fully sentient and whether her actions constituted a sacrifice. Cite evidence from the book and speculate as to whether Jill was independently intelligent, whether she had real emotions, and whether her destruction constitutes a real sacrifice.
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